Appreciating Architecture

Posted: July 9, 2015 in Real Estate

Architecture is usually defined as the art and science by which buildings are designed. And it is also the expression of the human soul. As the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “A great architect is not made by way of a brain nearly so much as he is made by way of a cultivated, enriched heart.”

But most of us take the buildings in which we live and work, and use each and every day, for granted. Having a basic understanding of key architectural practices can deepen our appreciation for the buildings that sometimes don’t give a second thought to. Most buildings begin with a drawing that is executed to communicate ideas and concepts. From the perspective of an architect the drawing identifies exactly what he or she would like to build. A conceptual drawing is followed by a detailed, drawn to scale drawing of the building, known as a blueprint.

To get a deeper appreciation of architecture it is useful to study some of the world’s great examples of the discipline. Some of the most famous architectural sites in the world include the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and the Vatican. The White House, the Colosseum, and the London Bridge are also considered highly significant examples of architecture. Ultimately, architecture is about people, places and things, and understanding architectural practices and terms, and understanding the great structures of human history, serve to deepen our appreciation of the past and the present.

Michael Yanko is a real estate developer who has been involved in the construction of many new buildings on properties in the New York area.


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